Church Re-Entry Guidelines

Last Easter Sunday in 2020, in reaction to the growing Covid-19 pandemic, we held our first virtual service. A small group made up of our pastors and essential personnel gathered in the Main Sanctuary, and many of you gathered around screens of varying sizes to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus.

Throughout COVID-19, our Pastoral, Staff, and Lay Leadership has taken counsel and studied carefully from a number of resources, including recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and other church resources. We are grateful for access to so many streams of information and expertise. We’ve also found that there is a very wide difference in how locations, businesses, organizations, and churches (as well as individuals) have prepared and responded to public gatherings and new routines.

When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis readjusted how businesses and houses of worship were able to gather with revised guidelines and protocols, we felt that we could adapt our protocols and procedures in ways that continue to be safe, wise and worshipful. Our goal continues to be holding public worship that follows thoughtful and appropriate precautions.

Our church is open for worship!

Beginning Easter Weekend (Sat. April 3rd/Sun. April 4th), First United Methodist Church has adopted a revised Covid-19 Protocol and Standards in regards to public worship and gathering:

-We will continue to provide an in-person contemporary service on Saturday nights at 6 PM. Masks will be required for this service. Please note this service is not livestreamed. Nursery will be available.

-On Sunday mornings, the doors to the sanctuary will be open for seating 20 minutes prior to each service. This is to allow for cleaning before each service.

-We strongly encourage the wearing of masks when entering and leaving the facility.

-Once seated, the wearing of masks is optional (there will be separate sections for those wishing to be masked or unmasked).

-Seating will be such that every other row (marked 9 AM & 11 AM) will be filled according to the service you are attending, and the Sanctuary will continue to be sanitized between services.

-Families can sit together, but reasonable social distancing is requested to continue.

-There will be Nursery and Kid’s Ministry activities during the 9 AM service. Please note that First Kids will continue to use their own established protocols until further notice.

-11 AM will have Nursery only.

-Ushers will offer any additional explanations if needed

-We will continue to livestream both our 9 AM and 11 AM worship services.

-Hand sanitizer stations will still be available

 

It’s up to the church to take measures, but it’s up to each of you to treat your life as a treasure!